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TCU’s Game Changer Award has been given to Zoranna Jones, assistant dean for Student Support in the College of Science & Engineering. Jones says, “Being honored with the Game Changer Award is amazing! I don’t do this work for recognition. My goal is always to aid students in their journey for success, whatever that looks like for them.”

A registered nurse, Jones joined TCU in 2002 as coordinator of recruitment, retention, and alumni relations, then assistant director of nursing recruitment and retention, and then became the founder and director of the Academic Resource Center for the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She also founded the STEM Scholar Program in 2018 and most recently served as assistant dean for the former TCU School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Jones holds a Ph.D. in public and urban administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s degree in communication in human relations from TCU and bachelor’s degree in nursing from TCU.

Michael Kruger, dean of the College of Science & Engineering, says, “I’ve witnessed Zoranna’s stellar work with the STEM Scholar program and can testify to what an outstanding job she’s done. Her experience in higher education recruiting, mentoring, student development, program implementation, and diversity and inclusion initiatives make her an important member of the College.”  

Jones will be presented with the Game Changer Award at the Black Excellence Gala on Sept. 8, which is held in conjunction with the university’s Sesquicentennial celebration. It will commemorate and honor the contributions Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni have made to the institution throughout its 150-year history.

Learn more about the TCU Black Excellence Gala.